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Unlike many books on painting that usually talk about art or painters, James Elkinsa (TM) compelling and original work focuses on alchemy, for like the alchemist, the painter seeks to transform and be transformed by the medium.

In What Painting Is, James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in her or his studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colours will mix, and how they will look.

Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.

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Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, "What Painting Is" communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. 25 photos, 15 in color.

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The author of this text argues that alchemists and painters have similar relationships to the substances they work with. Both try to transform the substance, while seeking to transform their own experience.

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In What Painting Is , James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.

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ISBN:
9780415926621
Author:
Elkins, James
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Elkins James
Subject:
General
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Oil Painting
Subject:
Painting - General
Subject:
Techniques - Oil Painting
Subject:
Techniques - Painting
Subject:
Art-Painting General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.16x5.42x.73 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, "What Painting Is" communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. 25 photos, 15 in color.
"Synopsis" by , The author of this text argues that alchemists and painters have similar relationships to the substances they work with. Both try to transform the substance, while seeking to transform their own experience.
"Synopsis" by , In What Painting Is , James Elkins communicates the experience of painting beyond the traditional vocabulary of art history. Alchemy provides a magical language to explore what it is a painter really does in the studio - the smells, the mess, the struggle to control the uncontrollable, the special knowledge only painters hold of how colors will mix, and how they will look. Written from the perspective of a painter-turned-art historian, What Painting Is is like nothing you have ever read about art.
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